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TBR Daily Update — January 28

January 28, 2015 — Fort Walton Beach Stores Sold for $80 Million; Penske Buys Land Rover Dealership; Texans Find Ohio to be Tough; Oregon Dealer Dies; It’s Huge — and Not in a Good Way; Mac Haik Acquires Nissan Store Fort Walton Beach Stores Sold for $80 Million In a deal we reported on two weeks ago, Texas-based…

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Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

January 26, 2015 — Sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting for a flight (after missing my morning flight) and going through nearly 50 pages of notes from last week’s NADA convention and related conferences. I’m not a big theme guy, but on the last day of the convention, that seemed to be the question I heard the… Continue Reading

Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

January 15, 2015 — It’s time for some perspective now that some of the dust has settled from Elon Musk’s explosive appearance in Detroit on Tuesday during which he managed to casually drop at least three bombshells about Tesla. When he first got on stage at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla’s founder and CEO appeared…

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TBR Daily Report — January 13

January 13, 2015 — The Banks Report began a new feature this week for subscribers — The TBR Daily Report, which provides short clips of analysis and news you may have missed. In today’s TBR Daily Report:: Chinese online firm BitAuto’s shares plunge;  Volkswagen to add 100 dealerships; Washington, IA dealership bankrupt. AutoTrader’s Bitauto Gets…

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GM vs. Tesla Heats Up

GM vs. Tesla Heats Up

January 11, 2015 — The auto show in Detroit hasn’t yet officially begun, but we already have what likely will be the event’s biggest story — the suddenly heated battle between General Motors and Tesla for dominance over the electric vehicle segment. Tomorrow morning’s unveiling of GM’s concept of its new electric vehicle, dubbed the Bolt —… Continue Reading

Why Are Activist Investors Targeting CDK?

Why Are Activist Investors Targeting CDK?

January 11, 2015 — CDK Global suddenly is attracting the attention of Wall Street investors and analysts following two prominent hedge funds taking activist positions in the company since its IPO and spinoff from ADP in early October. The early returns have been strong — a stock price that began trading in the mid-twenties hit…

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What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

January 1, 2015 — China’s car dealers’ inventory battle with automakers shows the need for strong franchise laws. Also, what do the current challenges in the Chinese automotive market mean for the U.S. and the potential entry by players such as Volvo’s parent Geely or the Warren Buffett-backed BYD Auto?  The recent spate of stories highlighting…

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Dealerships Are Key in Cyber Attack Wars

December 27, 2014 — Much of the auto industry’s discussion regarding cyber warfare focuses on the inherent vulnerabilities of the connected vehicle. But one area that receives little scrutiny is the retail side of the automotive industry. This will soon change as dealerships likely will become one of the central battlefields in the cyber wars that will be… Continue Reading